The Civil War Battlefield Guide, Second Edition by Frances H. Kennedy

By Frances H. Kennedy

This new version of the definitive consultant to Civil conflict battlefields is known as a thoroughly new e-book. whereas the 1st version coated 60 significant battlefields, from citadel Sumter to Appomattox, the second one covers the entire 384 particular because the "principal battlefields" within the Civil conflict websites Advisory fee document. As within the first version, the essays are authoritative and concise, written by way of such major historians as James M. McPherson, Stephen W. Sears, Edwin C. Bearss, James I. Robinson, Jr., and Gary W. Gallager. the second one variation additionally positive aspects eighty three new four-color maps protecting an important battles. The Civil battle Battlefield consultant is an important reference for a person attracted to the Civil battle.

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US Colonel Edward D. Baker, a senator from Oregon and friend of President Abraham Lincoln, did not order a reconnaissance before he led his brigade across the river and attacked. CS Brigadier General Nathan G. “Shanks” Evans’s men were well positioned inland from a seventy-foot bluff. In their counterattack the Confederates drove the Federals into the river, took more than 700 prisoners, and killed Baker. The Union rout and rumors of incompetence led to the establishment of the Congressional Joint Committee on the Conduct of War.

Wilson’s Creek, Missouri (MO004), Greene and Christian Counties, August 10, 1861 Richard W. Hatcher III Missouri was strategically important to the western half of the nation because the major trails to the West Coast — the California, Oregon, Santa Fe, and Pony Express trails — all began on its western edge. In addition, the three major shipping rivers of the United States — the Mississippi, the Missouri, and the Ohio — flow through or next to Missouri. On August 6 CS Brigadier General Ben McCulloch’s 12,000- to 13,000-man army camped twelve miles southeast of Springfield where Telegraph Road crossed Wilson’s Creek.

On May 29 US Commander James H. Ward steamed downriver with the armed tug Thomas Freeborn to shell the works. Two days later he returned with four vessels of the Potomac Flotilla and exchanged fire with the battery until he ran out of ammunition. On June 1 the Freeborn and the Pawnee sailed to within two thousand yards of the forts. Most of the Confederate artillery fired over their targets and did little damage to the ships. That night the Confederates dug another earthwork north of the creek at Brent’s Point.

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